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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018. 12:27 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, the Belize City Council (CITCO) issued a release informing that they met with the staff of the Cemetery Department on Wednesday, September 5th to hear their concerns on three principal issues.

According to the Council, the issues were addressed in the interim and the staff was assured that it would be resolved definitively by Tuesday, September 11 and that the outcome would be directly communicated to them in a staff meeting.

CITCO says that the September 11th meeting was held as promised and the issues were addressed definitively, and to the satisfaction of the employees.

During the second meeting, the staff raised additional concerns, all of which the Council discussed with them. According to CITCO, these issues, which stem as far back as 6 years, were created but never resolved by the previous Council.

CITCO further added that the new Council is now committed to resolving them.

“At no time during these meetings did the employees request the presence of a union representative, in fact, the Council believes that both meetings were healthy exchanges with its employees,” the statement said.

The Council says that although the way the issues were brought to their attention was squarely in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Council has not taken that violation as a deliberate act on the part of its employees, nor as mischief-making on the part of the union.

The Council affirms its commitment to work with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) to protect, promote and improve the welfare of the staff; however, they also reserve the right to manage the affairs of the Council.

The Council says that the CWU has made erroneous claims against them, when in fact, they are merely effecting their management rights and responsibilities as agreed to in the CBA that reads, “the Council shall retain and exercise in its own discretion, all its customary and existing powers, rights, authorities and prerogatives to manage and direct its business, its employees and other personnel.”

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